City Council Backpedals on Anti-Panhandling Bill

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After thinking over their anti-panhandling bill, which or might or might not have effectively banned begging in all of downtown Baltimore, the city council is considering an amendment which would scale back the extent of the ban.

Under the amendment, the provision prohibiting panhandling within 10 feet of any store or restaurant would be rewritten to apply only to outdoor dining areas. The ban would still apply to areas around parking meters as well as pedestrian bridges and stairwells.

The councilwoman who introduced the bill originally with a focus only on highway medians, Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, supports the amendment, saying the idea that it would have applied to all of downtown “didn’t ring right.”


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